June 21, 2019 Subject:
Humorous Silent Buster Keaton Short - 1920s Style
'In 2008, One Week was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" (Wikipedia).' And, most reviewers rave about this film - might be best to listen to them. I found this to be an example of what innocent 1920s America, new to this kind of absurdist humor, found funny in a plot based on the everything-that-could-possibly-go-wrong-will-go-wrong approach compounded by Keaton's straight-faced acceptance of the absurd as if everything were normal and his exaggerated antics and pratfalls. Not laugh out loud humor, but mildly amusing.
January 9, 2018 Subject:
Delightful and hilarious.
This film is hilarious-a must see!
April 30, 2016 Subject:
When Buster Keaton was starting out, he made numerous short films before he made features. This is one of those shorts and one of the best. Made 100 years ago, it still shows off incredibly inventive gags and expert comic timing. But what makes it REALLY stand out is its blending of Americana and a surrealism that outdoes Bunuel and Dali. As such, it is a must-see being one of the great works of art in the 20th Century. Of course, I could write much more, analyzing each gag and pointing out each surrealist image, but there isn't enough room here and you're better off seeing for yourself.
May 25, 2013 Subject:
One of the best silent films ever!
Second only to Chaplin's "Modern Times," this makes me laugh out loud every time I watch it.
If you're not in to silent film, at least try this one.
This is also a big hit with kids; lots of action, not too much "mush." :)
Buster Keaton was one of the all time film geniuses.
It really makes you respect what they did when you realize this is before CG, and Buster and the others did their own stunts, and safety equipment was primitive if it existed at all.
August 22, 2006 Subject:
The first Buster Keaton I ever saw. A perfect vehicle for his talents: build something, get into dangerous situations doing so and go out with a bang. It can get anyone into Keaton who might get bored halfway through 'The Paleface'. Camera work is great.